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  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books; 2 edition (24 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845283856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845283858
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie King is the author of six novels and a short story collection about families, friends and lovers. Her first novel, The School Run, was a bestseller when first published in 2005, and it was a bestseller for the second time when republished by Corazon Books in 2012.

Sophie's latest release is Your Place or Mine? a new digital edition of her novel The Supper Club.

In between novels, Sophie writes short stories and has had hundreds published in magazines such as Woman's Weekly and My Weekly. She also gives regular talks/workshops at bookshops and literary festivals including Winchester and Guildford.

Sophie is delighted to support new romance writing through her annual writing competition The Sophie King Prize.

www.sophieking.info


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An Invaluable source of tips and inside information from writers and magazines editors. --Good Book Guide

Sophie guides you through both the business and creative aspects of short story writing, and tells you just about everything you need to know to succeed. --Writing Magazine

About the Author

Sophie King is author of such novels as The School Run, The Supper Club and The Wedding Party for Hodder. She also writes under the name of Janey Fraser for Random House. Her other How To Books are How To Write Short Stories for Magazine, How To Write Your First Novel and How to Write Your Life Story in Ten Easy Steps. Sophie is an active creative writing tutor and attends many of the annual writing conferences as a speaker.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glamorous Glutton on 15 July 2010
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As this book had yet to be reviewed, I bought it based on the reviews of Sophie King's How To Write Your First Novel and I wasn't disappointed. It is very easy to read with clear examples and short stories to illustrate the points being made. I have read several books in this genre including Cracking The Short Story Market by Ian Pattison and found this the most informally informative, whilst still taking the subject seriously. I had hoped to get hints on how to create interesting characters and plot whilst having a limited number of words; where to find ideas and how to construct dialogue, this book tackles all this well. There is also plenty of advice about what magazines want, how to look at subjects differently and hence how to be noticed by editors. A great read and highly motivational!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Simon Whaley on 8 Oct. 2008
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As someone who has had a couple of short stories published, I'm always looking for advice on how to improve.

Sophie King (aka Jane Bidder) has written for a wide variety of publications and uses some of her stories at the end of her chapters to illustrate the points she's making. However, the chapters do not go into a lot of detail and in some cases the stories at the end of the chapter are the longest section of the chapter.

I was surprised to see her including some guidelines from some of the magazines. Some of these change quite frequently, and will be out of date soon.

However, there are some useful nuggets of information in there and the variety of Sophie's included stories means it's possible to learn some of the writing technique by analysing her work.

This doesn't tell you everything you need to know, but it goes a long way. I would recommend that you buy this, and if you can get hold of a copy at the same time, "Cracking the Short Story Market" by Iain Pattison (978-1903119006)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Page Turner on 26 July 2011
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I wasn't impressed by this book. Useful advice is limited. It is possible to summarise the main points on 2 or 3 sheets of A4 paper. Much of the book is taken up by the author's own stories. The use of examples is, I agree, often very relevant. However, after a while, this book just reads like an advertisement for the author and the magazines she writes for. Also, some of the advice given by the author is questionable. She recommends using certain writing practices that other authors of similar 'how to' books recommend avoiding. This book felt like it had been thrown together. Indeed, there are a number of presentation errors. For example, page 109 is an exact replica of page 108 (2nd edition). This is ironic in a book which stresses that when submitting a piece of writing for consideration "Professional presentation is essential." All in all, I'm sorry I wasted my money on this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. Kara on 9 Nov. 2008
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Sophie King has written a very short book. The text is in 1.5 line spacing and the margins are huge. Her own previously published stories (which she has therefore already been paid for) take up one-quarter of the book.

I have had success with a couple of short stories, and maybe if I was a complete beginner I would have found something useful here. But it's very basic. For example, the chapter on the Internet is a whole page long, and says you can use the Internet to get published (but beware of vanity publishing and lack of copyright control), source competitions, and do research. There is no mention of how to do these things (other than Googling 'short stories'), or of the myriad of other potential uses of the Internet for short story writers such as finding and joining virtual writing groups, reading helpful writers' blogs, searching news sites to generate ideas, etc.

I think this book would have had much more credibility if it had used excerpts of published stories to illustrate points made rather than printing stories in their entirety for little apparent reason. I would also have found it more credible if it had featured other writers' stories as well as Ms King's. There are some tips from other writers in the final chapter, and I learned more from these than from the whole of the rest of the book. So I would recommend that anyone wanting a how-to book on writing short stories for magazines should probably give this one a miss, and buy Della Galton's 'How to Write and Sell Short Stories' instead.
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I belong to a Creative Writing group, and recently one of our members found this book in a charity shop. Aiming to be more disciplined with our writing projects the group have jointly decided to study a chapter per week for the Summer term. The seller was very prompt in delivery - only 2 working days! - which has been very helpful, especially as I have needed the book at quite short notice! The book is split into chapters which focus on different aspects of Creative Writing : from creating plot twists, writing from different perspectives, to creating well-rounded, believable characters. The only downside I could find was that most if not all the examples of writing are by the author. It might have been good to have some passages from other writers, so as to clearly identify the pitfalls that novice writers can fall into when submitting work to magazines or publishers. But its a very informative, easy read for Writers of all levels to enjoy and study from x
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